23 days in Turkey Itinerary

23 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey tour planner

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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Istanbul
— 5 nights
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Alanya
— 2 nights
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Oludeniz
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dalyan
— 1 night
Drive
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Marmaris
— 2 nights
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 4 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 4 nights
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Visit Goreme National Park and Uchisar Castle for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Balloon Rides and Off-Road Tours. Take a break from Goreme with a short trip to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme journey builder website.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Goreme is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Kuwait City in October, things will get colder in Goreme: highs are around 24°C and lows about 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 19:

Istanbul

— 5 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Get some historical perspective at Hagia Sophia Mosque and Galata Tower. Head to Kapali Carsi and Mısır Çarşısıfor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul trip planning tool.

Getting from Goreme to Istanbul by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goreme in October, expect nights in Istanbul to be much warmer, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to fly to Alanya.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 24:

Alanya

— 2 nights
A modest coastal town for most of its long history, Alanya became a cosmopolitan tourist destination in the 1990s, drawing big crowds with its nightlife and long stretch of sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Alanya Kalesi and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Alanya Arkeoloji Muzesi and then stroll through Kleopatra Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Alanya sightseeing planning tool.

You can fly from Istanbul to Alanya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Alanya

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:

Oludeniz

— 2 nights
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then hike along The Lycian Way, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): kick back and relax at Calis Beach, then kick back and relax at Blue Lagoon, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Oludeniz trip planner.

Traveling by car from Alanya to Oludeniz takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Oludeniz can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Dalyan.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:

Dalyan

— 1 night
Although it once seemed destined to become a stereotypical coastal resort, Dalyan remains unspoiled by commercial tourism because of its location within an environmentally protected area.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Dalyan Spirit Gift&Speciality Shop and then kick back and relax at Iztuzu Beach 2.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Dalyan attractions site.

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Dalyan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Dalyan

Beaches · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 29:

Marmaris

— 2 nights
One of Turkey's major port towns and tourist resorts, Marmaris sits on the stretch of the Mediterranean coastline popularly known as the "Turkish Riviera." Nestled between verdant mountain ranges and the sea, Marmaris draws sailors and divers from around the globe, its marinas packed with private yachts and tour boats.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): look for gifts at Trust Gold & Diamond Jewellery, then kick back and relax at Icmeler Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carian Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: cast your line with Dogan Gunes S-1 Yuksel Kaptan and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marmaris Beach.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Marmaris itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Dalyan to Marmaris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October in Marmaris, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Marmaris

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:

Pamukkale

— 2 nights

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On your second day here, stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery and then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Marmaris to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:

Selcuk

— 4 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Get some historical perspective at Ancient City of Ephesus and Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Public Latrine and look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Selcuk online trip builder.

Drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Selcuk can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 6:

Turkey travel guide

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Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.